The purpose of this position within the Chemical Technology Group is to set-up, operate, and contribute in the operation of complex experiments related to the chemical transformation of alcohols into bio-based chemicals and/or fuels (Diesel, Olefins, Aromatics, Jet Fuel, etc.) to support objectives of the Business Development group. Additional Job responsibilities include: collection and recording of data in a concise manner, interact with potential external partners, and support process scale-up activities/design when necessary (Pilot Plant, Engineering, etc.).
The position’s essential duties include the following:
Lead innovation team and efforts from ideation through pilot/demonstration scale for conversion of plant-based feedstocks to renewable fuels and chemicals.
Develop and lead technical programs for continuous process improvement and new growth initiatives with clear project pipeline.
Collaborate with operations and commercial colleagues to set technical goals and objectives with clear time-bound deliverables. Participate in value proposition development with business development colleagues.
Owner of chemistry and catalysis IP strategy and integration of thermochemical process technology with biological transformations.
Create and lead internal and external development programs with industrial and academic partners.
Ability to work with colleagues to develop external presentation and represent company in technical and non-technical forums.
10 or more years of experience in R&D or innovation leadership
Strong understanding of process chemistry and catalysis with demonstrated track record of leading initiatives from proof of concept to pilot/scale-up.
High performing organizational leadership capabilities in a highly matrixed environment
Outstanding communication skills for internal and external needs.
Demonstrated track record of colleague development and leading technical teams and developing seamless interface with operations and commercial colleagues.
Ability to provide technical leadership with strong business acumen. Ability to foster innovation and entrepreneurial ideas for pipeline development while maintaining focus on project deliverables.
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, advanced degree preferred
Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their life cycle). Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to addressing the problems of fuels, Gevo’s technology also enables certain plastics, such as polyester, to be made with more sustainable ingredients. Gevo’s ability to penetrate the growing low-carbon fuels market depends on the price of oil and the value of abating carbon emissions t...hat would otherwise increase greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo believes that its proven, patented technology enabling the use of a variety of low-carbon sustainable feedstocks to produce price-competitive low-carbon products such as gasoline components, jet fuel and diesel fuel yields the potential to generate project and corporate returns that justify the build-out of a multi-billion-dollar business.